Mini-Heap


Some recent additions to the Heap…

Discussion welcome.

  1. “These ideas clearly seem to work in practice, and there was an interesting question about whether they could be made to work in theory as well” — Martin O’Neill (York) on his work “beyond the ivory tower”
  2. The science (and benefits) of “interbrain synchrony” — when the brain waves of independent brains in separate bodies sync up
  3. “Some philosophers think contingent facts about human beings have no deeper philosophical significance…. In responding… we should not start out by conceding that this conception of philosophy might be correct” — a series of interviews with experimental philosophers begins with Joshua Knobe (Yale)
  4. “Agreement among philosophers is—or would be, if it existed—epistemically uninformative: it does not supply even a prima facie reason to think the agreed-upon answer is true” — Julia Smith (Hope College) on agreement and progress in philosophy
  5. “Misinformation is truthful if the events it reports or depicts really happened, but consuming it is likely to result in false beliefs” — Neil Levy (Oxford) & Keith Raymond Harris (Bochum) on “truthful misinformation”
  6. “Anti-historicism comes in waves in philosophy, which of course the presentists themselves will not know or care about, given that the previous waves necessarily happened in the past” — Justin Smith-Ruiu on why “neo-utilitarians are utter philistines”
  7. “Indigenous leaders of New Zealand, Tahiti and the Cook Islands signed a historic treaty that recognizes whales as legal persons” — the aim is to provide a legal basis for government measures to better protect whales

Mini-Heap posts usually appear when 7 or so new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, a collection of items from around the web that may be of interest to philosophers.

The Heap of Links consists partly of suggestions from readers; if you find something online that you think would be of interest to the philosophical community, please send it in for consideration for the Heap. Thank you.

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Patrick S. O'Donnell
17 days ago

Those intrigued by no.7, might find this of interest: Nonhuman Animals as “Persons”: https://psodmusings.wordpress.com/2024/03/31/nonhuman-animals-as-persons/
(Incidentally, I do not barbecue, that is, unless it is, say, Brussels sprouts or some fake (vegan) meat product.)

Last edited 17 days ago by Patrick S. O'Donnell